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RevEREND TROY benton, senior pastor

Reverend Benton has been the Senior Pastor of St. John's since July 2015. Prior to that, he was the Associate Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois. He has also served in churches in Northern Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia. Reverend Benton is a 1995 graduate of Garrett-Evangelical, obtaining a Master of Divinity degree, with an emphasis on the African-American church. He  is married to his college sweetheart, Emma. Together, they nurture their daughters Taylor and Autumn and endeavor to serve God faithfully. Contact Reverend Benton at troybenton@thenewstjohns.com

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reverend katie gholson, pastor of discipleship

Reverend Gholson has served on staff at St. John's since 2008. She graduated from Eden Theological Seminary and Washington University with dual degrees in Pastoral Studies and Social Work in 2009. She was ordained as a full member Deacon of the United Methodist Church in June 2015. Reverend Gholson is passionate about fostering spiritual formation in children, youth, and adults. Her role supports the Youth Ministry, Adult Discipleship Ministry, and Pastoral Ministry at St. John's. Contact Reverend Gholson at katiegholson@thenewstjohns.com.

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Michelle babb, director of servant ministry

Michelle has been a member of St. John's since 2003. Her personal mission is to inspire others to joyfully live out their faith through effective service to others. Michelle gives staff support to all of the service and mission ministries of our congregation. In this role, she is responsible for planning and leading mission trips, as well as for directing ongoing projects engaging the members of our congregation in service to the local community. Contact Michelle at michellebabb@thenewstjohns.com.

 

MADELINE DOUGLAS, INTERIM CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES INTERN

Madeline Douglas has been attending St. John's UMC since August 2015. She is a student at SIUE studying Nursing. She grew up attending a Methodist Church in Southern Illinois and Beulah Holiness Camp. At the age of 14, Madeline felt called into the nursing and ministry fields, which led her to attain her Certified Lay Minister License. Growing up the daughter of a church Children's & Youth Director, she was allowed the opportunity to help with various church ministries at an early age, which played a tremendous part in shaping who she is today. Contact Madeline at madelinedouglas@thenewstjohns.com

 

tress kurzym, amplify coordinator

Tress joined the St. John's staff in 2016 to work with the Middle School youth. She has years of experience in teaching drama classes to middle school students, and now, she is translating this to minister to students at St. John's. Her fun personality matched with her organization and her passion for Jesus make her an awesome addition to our staff at St. John's. Tress and her husband Kevin have two amazing kids: Charlie and Chloe. Contact Tress at tresskurzym@thenewstjohns.com.

 

kim mitchell, administrative assistant

Kim earned her degree in accounting from Indiana State University. Her husband, Kenny, is retired from the military and works for the Inspector General at Scott Air Force Base. Their daughter, Kaila, is a student, getting her PhD in Psychology. Kim keeps the church and office running smoothly. Her responsibilities include general bookkeeping, calendar updates, mail, membership records, attendance records, and maintaining office supplies. Her office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Kim at kimmitchell@thenewstjohns.com.

 

NATHAN GIBSON, DIRECTOR OF AUDIO VISUAL

Nathan has always been interested in Audio Visual technology, especially within theater, productions, and the arts. He is from Edwardsville and is married to his wife, Amanda, and has two daughters. Nathan is a member of St. John's and works full-time as a Physical Therapist. His responsibilities at St. John's include creating the Audio Visual experience for Sunday morning worship services and special events as needed. Contact Nathan at nategibson@thenewstjohns.com.

 

LYNETTE NELSON, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Lynette is originally from Springfield, Illinois. She is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois and has applied her talents with Communications and Development at the American Cancer Society and Girl Scouts prior to joining the St. John's team. Lynette is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. Her responsibilities at St. John's include creating all publications and promotional materials, as well as maintaining the website and social media. Contact Lynette at lynettenelson@thenewstjohns.com.

 

 

amy E.W. prince, director of choral music

Amy is a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, an instructor of voice at SIUE, and a private voice teacher. Previously, a professor of music at Wilfrid Laurier University and Knox College, Amy has received music degrees from the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario. She is currently completing her Doctoral studies at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. Amy and her loving husband have two beautiful daughters, Abigail and Adeline. "I am eager to continue to share my passion for musical arts with the St. John's congregation. I aim to serve the community and the church through the love and teaching of music." Contact Amy at amyprince@thenewstjohns.com.

 

Connie biesemeyer, organist

Connie has been a part of the St. John’s staff since 1997. She and her husband, Allen, joined St. John’s in 1995. They have two grown daughters, Lori Biesemeyer and Julie Ziegler, and son-in-law, Brett Ziegler. They also have three grandchildren. Connie was born in Wichita, Kansas, into a minister's family where music was an integral part of life. She attended Morningside College, where she earned a degree in Music Education and earned a master's degree in Music Education from SIUE. As a public school vocal music specialist, she wrote music curriculum and mentored young vocal music teachers in the Hazelwood School District.  Contact Connie at conniebiesemeyer@thenewstjohns.com.

 

Dustin gholson, director of contemporary music

Dustin has been a member of the St. John's Praise Band since 2004 and has been involved in Worship music since 1998.  He is passionate about music and plays several instruments. Dustin's wife Katie serves on staff at St. John's as the Pastor of Discipleship.  They have a son, Cale, who also loves music, and a daughter, Adeline. Contact Dustin at dustingholson@thenewstjohns.com.  

 

nick lampman, contemporary music assistant

Nick Lampman has performed in the St. John's Praise Band since 2009. He began studying music at the age of 11. Playing in the church band led Nick to discover his faith and ultimately fueled his decision to be baptized in 2011. His responsibilities include assisting in the planning of church services, arranging musical selections for the band and contemporary praise choir, and rocking the heck out on Sunday mornings. Nick has a twin brother, Tony, who also participates in the Praise Band as the drummer, and two beautiful grandmothers, Jeri Lampman and Susan Munneke, who also worship at St. John's. Contact Nick at nicklampman@thenewstjohns.com.